The Red Devils played more than an hour without registering a single shot to compound a forgotten afternoon for the club in Bern.
Even with Cristiano Ronaldo in fine form, Manchester United’s lack of firepower came to the fore on Tuesday when they lost 2-1 to the Young Boys.
For the Red Devils, it was a Champions League afternoon when their new signing took them just 13 minutes later.
But their Swiss hosts struggled after this serious start and managed to record a memorable victory in the group stage opener.
Young Boys goalkeeper David Van Balmos must have felt the most fear after Ronaldo’s initial strike, signaling a return to Champions League action with United after more than 12 years.
But Shot Stopper enjoyed a relatively peaceful afternoon as United were disappointed in Bern.
10 minutes later, Ronaldo’s goal and second attempt on goal were the only shots of any kind that the visitors collected throughout the game.
The Reds were forced to regroup after a red card from Aaron Van Basaka in the first half, eventually backing down in an attempt to sacrifice strike power to overtake Jadoon Sancho, Ronaldo, Doni van de Beck and Bruno Fernandes. Nicolas Ngamalev and Jordan Sebatio paid a heavy price to turn the game on its head.
Never before in the Champions League have United taken so few shots in a match, and they played a key role in another memorable match for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjیرr.
More European struggle.
Solskir helped United finish second in the Premier League last season behind Manchester City, but he often finds the continental competition more difficult.
Tuesday’s defeat to the Young Boys was his seventh in 11 Champions League matches led by United, last time losing three of their group stage matches to finish third and advance to the knockout stages of the Europa League.
The manager and the Reds will be hoping for better luck in their next tour on September 29, when they will welcome Villarreal – who dropped Soulskir’s allegations in the last term of the Europa League – to Old Trafford.